Palace Cinema

3 Belle Vue Road,
Cinderford, GL14 2AA

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Previously operated by: Albany Ward Circuit, Gaumont-British-Picture Corp., Ltd., Rank Organisation

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Palace Picture Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 440159.482.2555

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Entrance to Palace Cinema

The Palace Picture Theatre opened in January 1920, built on the site of the former New Theatre/Empire Cinema of 1913 which had been destroyed by fire in 1919. Seating was provided for 500. The Palace Cinema was badly damaged by fire and was re-furbished, re-opened in January 1924.

It passed to the control of the Albany Ward Circuit who were to be merged Provincial Cinematograph Theatres(PCT), who then merged with the Gaumont British Theatre chain in 1929.

Again damaged by fire in 1957, the Rank Organisation closed the Palace Cinema. It was taken over by an independent operator who restored the cinema, re-opening it on 5th January 1958. It eventually proved to be uneconomical and was closed in 1966 and became a British Legion hall.

In 2005, a new owner began restoration, and re-opened the Palace Cinema. A second screen was added in the former circle area.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 2 comments)

anitajays on August 21, 2014 at 3:14 am

We visited this cinema in August 2014 to watch a movie. The division for the second screen seems to have been very well done. We were in the old balcony, and it was great being so close to all the original ceiling decoration.

Mike_Blakemore on April 14, 2016 at 5:23 am

The Independent Cinema operator that took over in 1958 was BT Davis who bought it as a job lot of 5 Cinema off Rank. Those included Chepstow. Lydney. Monmouth which the family still own. The fifth at the moment I cannot remember.. age.. Later he took over Odeon’s Henley on Thames and Marlow.

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